Dangers, Toils and Snares: Confessions of a Firefighter is a book a friend of mine wrote. Normally when you read something from a friend you go “meh” this is going to suck but you read it anyways and give the guy high praises and completely bullshit him.
This isn’t one of those cases. Very rarely you will actually receive something that you go “Oh Shit!” this is the real deal here. You feel like you are holding onto something that might actually GO SOMEWHERE. This is one of those times.
I was able to get an early edition of this book and I laughed so hard I thought my wife was going to kill me. And a few times I cried… but only a little.
Tim O Casey the author is a 30 year veteran firefighter/paramedic who recounts his career inside the firehouse and it’s world. If you can remember the old TV Show “Adam 12” you can remember the harrowing adventures of the two guys in LA Fire Department that after the climatic fire scene go back to their modern pristine looking brick building. Harmonious times at the dinner table interrupted by a high rise fire… well you get my point. This book is the opposite of that. It reads more like if you take the cast from “Animal House” and told them – “OK you are going to be bored out of your minds for long periods of time until something happens. And you’ll have to fight over the TV”.
There are serious moment that are tear-jerkers. Tim starts out his book with a re-cap of how 911 affected him and how he is not a hero. Just a guy doing his job. But after that it all goes downhill from there. He explains the realities of what being a firefighter is about. If you think it is the glamorous job where you are going to be reliving the cast of “Backdraft” this isn’t the book for you.
He explains the hierarchy of the firehouse. You get the terminology not found in the training manuals. You get the firefighter’s point of view of the public at large. And he explains the long hours of waiting for a call and how they deal with the stress of always having to be at the ready. There is also a brief recount on how hit affected him personally.
The author’s story is gritty, it is sometimes serious, mostly hilarious, but it is all real. You can’t make these stories up. So if you want a short page turner that will make you laugh and sometimes cry – this book is a must read.
And Tim… you are a hero. You can also find Tim on his blog: https://ineverwantedtobeafirefighter.blogspot.com If you thought the book was funny – you need to add his blog to the must read list in your favorite RSS reader!
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B006OUF6J0″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”https://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Mj6eXs8OL._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″]You can find it now on Amazon for $9.00 to your Kindle device (or smartphone, tablet, or anything else that runs the Kindle app.) Just click on the link to the right to go and purchase it! Below is the their explanation of the book.
Dangers, Toils and Snares: Confessions of a Firefighter, is an inside look at the world of firefighters. Not the blood and guts of day to day life of a firefighter, but a look inside the world of the firehouse. You will get to see what it used to be like 30 years ago, and what it is like now. If it wasn’t real you wouldn’t believe these things could happen at work.
Author Tim Casey is a retired firefighter/paramedic with more than thirty years of professional firefighting and in this book he recounts the events that he either witnessed first hand, participated in directly, or had special knowledge about.
If you haven’t laughed out loud at a book in awhile, stop waiting and get this book.
Update: Its been awhile and I forgot I even wrote this article to tell you the truth. It saddens me to say that Tim is no longer with us. He lost his battle with alcoholism and took his own life quite a few years back. I still recommend the book as I re-read it recently. And although its rough around the edges it still gave great insight into the life of an EMT/Firefighter. (And Fuck You Tim – you Bastard – love you dude)
Please folks – if you need help get it.
Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
or specifically for EMTs/Firefighters you can go here to get help as well.